Wanderlusting the Juana Lopez Member

Wanderlusting the Juana Lopez Member

Ninety million years ago, during the Cretaceous Period, the Farallon Plate was subducting under the western coast of North America. This threw up the great volcanic edifices of the Sierra Nevada, whose weight flexed the North American Plate downwards. This created a great waterway, the Western Interior Seaway, that stretched...Read more

On the history of vaccination and anti-vaccination

I post this with some trepidation. Wanderlusting the Jemez is neither a medical blog nor a political blog. I don’t really want this to be a political post. But vaccination seems to have become a political issue, so while I’ll make my best efforts to keep my blog apolitical, someone...Read more
Wanderlusting the Amalia Tuff

Wanderlusting the Amalia Tuff

I visited the Latir volcanic field almost five years ago and saw some pretty interesting stuff. But there is a lot to that area, and I really only scratched the surface. So today I decided to visit the area again. So after breakfast and packing gear, I headed from White...Read more
Serpentinite

Serpentinite

This isn’t a wanderlust post per se. I spent yesterday catching up chores, so that I could do a wanderlust tomorrow (Labor Day) with a clear conscience. Hopefully my next post will be the usual photo-laden account of a geologic adventure. But sometimes I stumble across some facet of geology...Read more
Wanderlusting Cerro Picacho

Wanderlusting Cerro Picacho

Today’s hike has been a long time coming. I visited the area almost two years ago, but it was enough of a last-minute thing that I discovered at the trail head that I had failed to bring a working camera. I knew I wanted to go back and get the...Read more
Fanglomerates, faults, and ‘phytes

Fanglomerates, faults, and ‘phytes

We’ve had a good monsoon season. It hasn’t quite eliminated drought conditions in the state — we had a lackluster monsoon last summer, followed by a dreadful winter and spring — but even the pessimists in the local press admit that we’re in much better shape. The down side is...Read more

A small rant

So Cindy and I are shopping at the local big box store, and a product display catches my eye — mostly because of the stacks of small metal cans, labeled with a label featuring a honeybee and a rattlesnake. I look. The product is a supposed healing balm. The ingredients...Read more
Monsoon season

Monsoon season

New Mexico has a monsoon climate. No, really. It’s true that the annual precipitation in my neighborhood is 16 inches a year, which is not precisely the torrential rainfall one often associates with a monsoon; but the climate pattern is a monsoon climate pattern. We get most of our rain...Read more